The United Methodist Women (UMW) has four stated purposes:
- to know God – examining our relationship with God and each other.
- to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.
- to be a creative, supportive fellowship as partner’s in God’s mission.
- to expand the concepts of mission work through the participation in the Global Ministries of the Church and through local community and congregational action.
The Bethel Church UMW is extremely active and engaged in mission activity and support for our congregation, our community and the world.
The UMW sponsors fundraising events such as our annual holiday bazaar, our annual yard sale, our summer auction, monthly 3rd Saturday country breakfasts, bake sales, and special dinners. The money raised is used to provide financial support to mission projects such as Red Bird Mission, Hospice, People Helping People, Camp Overlook, The Warrenton Homeless Shelter, and support of a United Methodist missionary with which the UMW has a covenant relationship.
The UMW supports our congregation in numerous ways by taking an active part in the growth and modernization of our church building. From supporting the expense of a new mortgage with the addition of our Social Hall, outfitting a new kitchen for church functions, spearheading the creation of the Pavillion area for outdoor cookouts and fellowship space, and facilitating with the congregation the need for enclosing the Pavillion as Bethel’s needs and priorities changed.
Our UMW reaches out to support many local organizations whose mission is consistent with the purpose of the UMW. To this end, our UMW engages in random acts of kindness such as taking meals to shut-ins, visiting the elderly and incapacitated in local nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.
Our UMW also supports many projects of our annual conference and the greater mission of the UMW. This year, 2017, the UMW gathered and assembled 100 birthing kits and delivered them to the Annual Conference in June. In 2002, The UMW became and remains actively engaged in the “Reading Program” of the greater UMW. Our coordinator, Dona Nagy-Sutton, has received recognition for the last few years for her role in leading the Reading Program with an increased readership and updated library. A few years ago, the UMW entered a covenant support relationship with a United Methodist Missionary in Horntown, Virginia and has committed itself to becoming a 5-Star unit.
Special Dinners and Events
Since the completion of the new social hall the UMW is able to host and cater special dinners and events. If you are interested in reserving the social hall for a special event, please check out church calendar for conflicts and fill out and submit the Facility Application.
The UMW meets on the first Saturday of each month in our Social Hall, except during July and August. The meeting begins with fellowship and refreshments from 9:30-10:00 am and a program and business meeting immediately following. All are welcome to attend and join in the fellowship. If you are interested in joining, please contact the UMW President, Barbara Collyer.